NCSL Legislative Summit
Nov. 3-5, 2021

The nation’s premier bipartisan gathering of state legislatures

Join your colleagues from across the country to connect, collaborate and share best practices for how to address common policy challenges.

Learn from the nation’s foremost policy experts on a wide range of issues and to gain unique insights and practical knowledge to navigate your state’s future in a post-pandemic world.

November in sunny Tampa is the perfect time and place for legislators and legislative staff to lay the policy groundwork for their state’s next legislative session.



John Medina

Developmental molecular biologist John Medina, author of The New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules,” delivers a keynote on the ways brain sciences might influence how we work and how we teach our children.


Nirav R. Shah

Coronavirus exposed significant deficiencies in the U.S. health care and public health systems. Nirav R. Shah explores policy options to strengthen systems for the next crisis.


Lisa Soronen

Join Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, to learn more about recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions with state and local impact, and gain fresh insight into relevant 2021 cases and opinions.


Dan White

Dan White, director of government consulting and fiscal policy research for Moody’s Analytics, considers the impact of COVID-19 and uses new economic models to offer an insider’s perspective on the nation’s economy.


Schedule at a Glance

Full Agenda


8 a.m.-3 p.m.
NCSL Task Forces

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee

1-3:15 p.m.
Executive Committee Subcommittee Meetings

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Full Executive Committee


Exhibit Hall 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

8-8:45 a.m.
New Attendee Orientation

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session:
Brain Rules: Mind Over Matters

10:30-11:30 a.m.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Lunch and visit our exhibitors!

2-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.
“Innovation & Ideas” Sessions

5-6:30 p.m.
It’s Good to Be Back!
Reception: Waterfront Plaza

States' Night

THURSDAY    Nov. 4

Exhibit Hall 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

7:30-8:45 a.m.
Committee Breakfast Meetings

9-10:15 a.m.
General Session
Honoring All Who Served

10:30-11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lunch and visit our exhibitors!

1-2 p.m.

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Legislative Staff University

4-5 pm

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Social Event:
Friends, Fins and Fireworks

FRIDAY   Nov. 5

8-9:15 a.m.
Democratic/Republican Breakfasts
Legislative Staff Breakfast

9:30-11 a.m.
Business Meeting

11 a.m.-Noon
General Session

Noon-4 p.m.
Post Conferences
Task Forces


map-marker All meetings will take place at the Tampa Convention Center unless otherwise noted: 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602.

Register Online

Payment can be made with credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa), personal or business check or money order. Cash payments accepted on site.

Register Now

Registration Check-In
All badges will be distributed on-site. You can pick up your badge and any meeting materials from the Registration Desk in the Tampa Convention Center beginning Tuesday, Nov. 2 after 2 p.m. The cost to replace a badge is $100.

International Attendees
If you are unable to register online or if you require special assistance as an international attendee, please contact Stacy Householder.

Your Registration Includes:

Main Registrant:

  • Admission to all sessions.
  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall.
  • Exhibit Hall luncheons.
  • Social events.

Guest Registrant:

  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall.
  • Social events.

All attendees will be required to present a photo ID to pick up their badges on-site. Badges are required to attend sessions and attend events.

Registration Fees
Categories Early Bird
by Oct. 1
Oct. 1
Legislator, Legislative Staff $650 $750
International $800 $1,000
NCSL Foundation Sponsor $950 $1,150
Attendee (Business, Government, University, Charitable and All Others) $1,200 $1,375
Guest/Spouse $200 $200
Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Administrative Fee (must be paid with registration)
$99 | All  Attendees

For questions regarding registration, contact us or call 303-856-1539.

  • Registration Policies

    NCSL Registration Policies 2021

    Online meeting registration requires payment by credit card. However, legislators and legislative staff may register online without a credit card guarantee because NCSL can bill your state in most cases. Attendees from the same organization must register independently. No exceptions will be made.

    Credit card payment is required for the CLE administrative fee and guest registration fees. Guest registration is meant to accommodate spouses and immediate family members. Spouse/guest designation will be clearly visible on name badges, and they will not be permitted to attend sessions.

    Registration Substitution Policy: A $50 fee, plus any difference in registration rates, will be charged for all substitutions received by midnight MDT on Oct. 8, 2021. After this date, substitutions are prohibited.

    To make a substitution:

    • Submit a written notice of cancellation requesting payment transfer to
    • Then submit a new registration form.

    Registration Cancellation & Refund Policy: All cancellations must be in writing and can be emailed to Please note: Cancelling your meeting registration does not automatically cancel your hotel reservation. To cancel or modify your hotel reservation, contact the NCSL Housing Bureau at 864-208-3360, email:

    NCSL Members (state legislators, state legislative staff and NCSL international affiliates): A $50 fee will be charged for cancellations. Full conference registration fee, minus the cancellation fee, will be refunded if received in writing by midnight MDT on Oct. 8, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations received after Oct. 8, 2021, as well as no-shows, will be charged full registration.

    All others (Including international legislators & international legislative staff who are not NCSL affiliates): A $100 fee will be charged for cancellations.  Full conference registration fee, minus the cancellation fee, will be refunded if received in writing by midnight MDT on Oct. 8, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations received after Oct. 8, 2021 as well as no-shows will be charged full registration. Guest registrations fees will be refunded in full if received by midnight MDT Oct. 8, 2021.

    NCSL Privacy Policy

    Read a complete description of NCSL’s privacy policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our information practices, please contact us at 303-856-1650 or

    Anti-Harassment Policy

    The National Conference of State Legislatures is committed to hosting a successful meeting for all participants—legislators, legislative staff, Foundation sponsors, private sector attendees, government representatives, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, international attendees, NCSL staff members, service providers and guests. NCSL commits to providing a safe and welcoming meeting environment for all participants regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, or any other characteristic protected by law. NCSL will not tolerate harassment or unacceptable behavior of any type at the conference. Unacceptable behavior includes but is not limited to: harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form; physical or verbal abuse; disruption of presentations at sessions or meeting events; inappropriate verbal comments; inappropriate use of images in meeting spaces or in presentations; and threatening or stalking any participant.

    If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of harassment or unacceptable behavior, we ask that you contact Chief Operating Officer Victor Vialpando-Nunez or Human Resources Director Shasta Stephens so that appropriate action can be taken.

    NCSL reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate in response to any incident of harassment or unacceptable behavior, including, but not limited to, immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund. NCSL also reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.



Hotels will sell out. Register and book your room early to ensure your participation.

Book Your Hotel in Two Steps:

To reserve a hotel room for the 2021 NCSL Legislative Summit you must first:

Register for the Meeting

After registering, you will receive a meeting confirmation email with a unique link to make a reservation and information on the hotels featured below.

To modify or change a reservation please contact:

Customer Service:

Customer Service:  864-208-3360

Hotel Deadline: Oct. 1, 2021. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.

Maritz is the official housing provider for the NCSL Legislative Summit.

NCSL and Maritz will never call or solicit attendees to book reservations. Please note that rooms booked through any other source are at your own risk.



Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown

513 S. Florida Ave.



Hilton Tampa Downtown

211 N. Tampa St.


$149 | $169

Hyatt House/Place Tampa Downtown

325 N. Florida Ave.



JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

Tampa Marriott Water Street



Tampa Marriott Water Street

505 Water St.



Sheraton Tampa

200 N. Ashley Drive



Westin Tampa

725 S. Harbour Island Blvd.

  • Housing Policies

    Housing Policies

    To reserve a hotel room for the NCSL Legislative Summit, please register for the meeting at All registrants will receive a registration confirmation email that will contain a registration confirmation number and a direct link to the NCSL housing page. Click the link to be directed to the NCSL housing website to make your hotel reservation.

    Please retain your registration confirmation email to reserve lodging at your convenience.

    Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Be sure to book early! Once NCSL's block is full, group rate or room availability cannot be guaranteed.

    Hotel Confirmation

    Once your hotel reservation is made, you will receive a confirmation email. Please review the information for accuracy. If you do not receive a confirmation or if you have questions, please contact customer service at the NCSL Housing Bureau here, 864-208-3360, email:

    Hotel Guarantees

    All room reservations require a valid credit card to hold the reservation. It will not be charged at the time of booking. However, after Oct. 1, 2021, hotels may charge one night’s room and tax to the credit card submitted.

    Please note: A check may be used as payment at the hotel, but a credit card must be used to guarantee your reservation. Do not send checks to the NCSL Housing Bureau.

    Modifications or Cancellations

    Modifications to your reservation can be made through Oct. 1, 2021; either online through the housing website or by email. After Oct. 15, 2021, modifications must be made by contacting your hotel directly.

    No cancellations will be taken over the phone. Please submit all housing cancellations in writing to  After Oct. 15, 2021, cancellations must be made directly through your hotel.

    If you must cancel, please do so at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax. Failure to check-in to the hotel on your scheduled arrival date will result in the cancellation of all nights in your reservation. In addition, the hotel will charge a no-show fee equal to one night's room rate plus tax to your credit card.

    Please note: Cancelling your housing reservation does not automatically cancel your meeting registration. To cancel or modify your meeting registration, email